Topic: Naval Heritage and History
The Royal Australian Navy celebrated the 100th anniversary of the arrival into Sydney of its first submarines, HMA Ships AE1 and AE2 on Saturday with a commemorative event at the Navy Heritage Centre in Sydney.
Navy Headquarters Tasmania personnel and the Tasmanian Contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band were an integral part of the 72nd anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea held at Hobart’s Cenotaph on Saturday 10 May 2014.
Earlier this month, Mr Gordon Johnson was guest of honour at a commemorative service in Darwin to mark the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.
A number of commemorative services were held to recognise the Battle of the Coral Sea, a battle that many consider turned the tide in the Pacific theatre when a combined force of United States and Australian warships halted the Japanese push towards Australia.
A group of Officers and Sailors from HMAS Stuart recently toured the World War Two Minesweeper, HMAS Castlemaine in Williamstown, Victoria.
The brave actions of Naval personnel lost in battle were remembered recently, with the Naval Monument at Bradleys Head officially dedicated by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP.
Friday evening at the Australian War Memorial, Mechanician (MECH) Robert Naismith who was killed in action during World War II at the Battle of Sunda Strait was honoured by four generations of his family during the Last Post ceremony.
As Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral (VADM) Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN addressed a reception in honour of Navy's 113th birthday, he reminded all those in uniform that it is a day to remember Navy’s heritage.
For centuries ship’s bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of Navy vessels and their crews. They are routinely used to signal the hour on board a ship and to regulate sailors’ watches but one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ship's bell as a baptismal font for christenings.
Two of just six surviving members of HMAS Perth (I), together with descendants of other Perth sailors and Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen RAN gathered at the Australian War Memorial today to commemorate the ship’s loss 72 years ago.